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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacy Morrison Narrator: Stacy Morrison Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400185528
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Just when Stacy Morrison thought she had it all, her husband of ten years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed lots of work, a new baby who needed lots of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York publishing. Morrison had never been one to believe in fairy tales. As far as she was concerned, happy endings were the product of the kind of ambition and hard work that had propelled her to the top of her profession. But she had always considered her relationship with her husband a safe place in her often stressful life. All of her assumptions about how life works crumbled, though, when she discovered that no amount of will and determination was going to save her marriage. For Stacy, the only solution was to keep on living, and to listen-as deeply and openly as possible-to what this experience was teaching her. Told with humor and heart, her honest and intimate account of the stress of being a working mother while trying to make sense of her unraveling marriage offers unexpected lessons of love, forgiveness, and dignity that will resonate with women everywhere. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Morrison] presents her triumphant redefinition in fine form for editorial fodder. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanettedianne simkins | 2/20/2014

    " I really really enjoyed this book....it paralleled my life in alot of ways when I was with my Ex. I could relate to alot of the authors feelings and thoughts. A Great book for anyone who as been through a breakup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Forester | 2/13/2014

    " This book felt like I was re-living my own divorce experience through the voice of someone that was able to articulate it so much better than I ever could. I cried and laughed and can only hope that my story unfolds with the same grace as the authors. Definitely a great read for anyone dealing with the heartbreak of divorce or anyone that mistakenly thinks that there are easy answers for why and how a marriage ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " I am reading too much about divorce and bad marriages lately (both fiction and non-fiction) it makes me NEVER want to get married. Not that I have any plans on the horizon at all, but all these books lately make me think why anyone would ever bother. This was an autobio about some magazine editor and her marriage and house as it all fell apart. I felt there was something missing in this book. While she kind of totally bagged on her ex for totally good reasons, I kept thinking, why would anyone so smart fall into this trap and for so long? They got married kind of young and waited for like 10 years to have a kid and once they did, everything fell apart. I think there was something wrong with her as well, but I couldn't figure out what. This story was sort of told in chronological order, but as a whole it just seemed like little stories and situations just thrown together into some thing of a book. Also, when she had a lot going on, I didn't really feel sorry for her. I feel like people who bite off more then they can chew kind of have it coming. Also, she had a lot of guys friends, which I think is a little odd. It was a blah read, I felt like something was off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/10/2014

    " Among the best books I have ever read...period. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 2/10/2014

    " I was highly disappointed in this book. I had read a promotion in Redbook mag as the author is editor of Redbook. As someone who has weathered the pain and grief of divorce, I was just amazed at how little this book really said. To me it was essentially a journal that talked of tears and depression. I have read several other books on the topic--and this has to be my least favorite. I think often that a book written just for one's self should remain that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 1/22/2014

    " This book had lots of good nuggets and I could really relate to much of what she was saying. Matter of fact, I even wrote a number of her "quotes" in my journal. For me, however, her writing style was a little muddy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 1/19/2014

    " Started off a little slow, and the narrator was a little bit hard to relate to at first, but about midway through I started thinking "Oh yeah, I've felt that" and started sympathizing to every word she was saying. Divorce is not an easy topic to write about, but Stacy managed to do so without being too whiny or too upbeat. Good read if you're going through it too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marites Medina-Holdsworth | 1/18/2014

    " I found this book very repetitive. Maybe I'm just learning that it's not my style of literature. I'm glad it's done! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 12/25/2013

    " Couldn't finish it, which is very rare for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Moore Kurth | 11/25/2013

    " Heartbreaking and healing at the same time, Stacy Morrison tells of her disbelief and final acceptance of her husband's wish to end their marriage. Having been married to a man much like Morrison's husband, I greatly admire her grace and grit in refusing to wallow in self pity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dara Beth Freiberg | 11/23/2013

    " I couldn't get through it. I had to put it down and start another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/28/2013

    " Didn't love it, didn't hate it. A good, honest story. Hard to relate to Morrison, for various reasons. Would most likely recommend to someone going through a divorce though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sari | 10/25/2013

    " It was an honest portrayal of divorce and its aftermath. It was sad but hopeful. A very interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenda | 7/7/2013

    " Helped me more than I can ever express, words fail me...thank goodness they didn't fail the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Rambousek | 6/18/2013

    " Stacy went through lots of tears and pain. I looked for tips on how to console one going through divorce. As an outsider I could see her point of how others stereotype ones going through divorce assumming we know the fault. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nmyers | 5/13/2013

    " Stacy provides a great description of her experience as her husband waits for her to realize that their marriage is over. Living with someone who has already left is hard and Stacy describes her steps of getting used to the idea, sharing her son, and what her new life is like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doneen | 5/9/2013

    " It's great that the author feels like she came through her divorce still in one piece, but I got the feeling that she was a very had person to live with and that it would be very interesting to read her ex's side of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli Ratliff | 3/1/2013

    " AWESOME read!! Loved this book and it helped me TONS when I was going through my divorce! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kamilah | 1/29/2013

    " I bought the book, and not only felt the author was trying to hard, but as a mom, i felt like i should have been able to relate more and I couldn't. It just didnt feel genuine, so i never finished it. It's the first book I've ever returned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Seles Shelton | 9/7/2012

    " Solid narrative, but to describe the author as an optimist is a bit of a stretch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 7/30/2012

    " A good memoir about the rollercoaster ride of going through a divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/3/2012

    " Honest interpretation of one woman's process of divorce and actually, self-realization. Thoughtful, painful, I wish she had blown up more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradford | 3/21/2012

    " I found myself relating to this story, though it wasn't written all that great. A good story nonetheless that I would recommend to anyone dealing with the loss of a romantic partner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/18/2011

    " Liked it but not enough to read every single page. Skimmed a lot of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaurett | 10/3/2011

    " I like the way she writes. It was heartfelt about being heartbroken when you least expect it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 6/21/2011

    " Interesting true story of how she survived a divorce she never wanted--and how to coparent their son, Zack. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/3/2011

    " I think I would have liked this more if I had read it. The audio version is really about 1 star. Some good description of what it's like to go through divorce, but listening aloud to the platitudes in a somewhat monotone voice got old and lost any poignancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/6/2011

    " I am captivated by the human drama the author goes through and how she shares it so openly with her readers. I would recommend this for anyone who knows someone who has divorced or even suffered any type of setback that needed grieving. I like her voice and am enjoying the book so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/7/2011

    " Didn't love it, didn't hate it. A good, honest story. Hard to relate to Morrison, for various reasons. Would most likely recommend to someone going through a divorce though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/7/2011

    " "Forever can be undone in a second: once Chris chose to enact the get-out clause, the magic of that leap of faith we'd taken together instantly evanesced." pg 30

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 1/3/2011

    " Couldn't finish it, which is very rare for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dara | 1/1/2011

    " I couldn't get through it. I had to put it down and start another.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 10/14/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, it spoke to me in the strugles she faced for having to become a single mother without notice. It made me reflect in a lot of my decisions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 10/6/2010

    " Stacy went through lots of tears and pain. I looked for tips on how to console one going through divorce. As an outsider I could see her point of how others stereotype ones going through divorce assumming we know the fault. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ByTheFire | 9/18/2010

    " was pretty surprised by how much I liked this book, given that the husband was so self-centered. "

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